Hunt to be at the PAC | New
ASHLAND This is the season for all that is surreal and scary, for an indulgence in our considerations of the things that bump into the night. Some places seem to lend themselves better to these considerations, whether it’s the decrepit old house that has been abandoned decades ago, or an expanse of countryside or woods that somehow seems disturbing, and we pass them faster towards more enlightened and more convivial places. local.
Even stretches of country roads where there is more distance between isolated houses can seem lonelier and more disturbing as the sun sets over the horizon and darkness expands to cover the land.
Then there are some places that have witnessed the transient presence of thousands, if not millions of people. These places – such as the Paramount Arts Center in Ashland – have witnessed the joys and sorrows, laughter and tears, of generations who have walked through its box office in the rich and comfortable interior to enjoy plays, live music, events and all the other assorted entertainment we enjoy.
There are those who believe that all of this pressure from humanity, combined with the energy that powers our lives, can leave a lasting imprint on the location itself. And those who believe this also believe that this energy can release itself at times in the form of what most would consider haunting. Is it really possible? Do ghosts slip between the seats and behind the stage of the Paramount Arts Center? Well, on Friday October 22nd Bill Brock will attempt to answer these questions. And he invited the Ashland region to join him in the hunt.
âAbout 20 years ago I started to really dive into the paranormal and Bigfoot / Cryptozoology,â said Bill Brock. “I got started because my family is all from Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and I had always heard about Mothman growing up.”
Brock said his family all believed in Mothman’s story, although there were different opinions on what the creature actually was. And those opinions, he said, ranged from believing the creature to be a real creature to one of his aunts (who was friends with an individual who reported a sighting in the 1960s) thinking it was was a story made up by young people to cover up their misbehavior.
âBut my family has always talked about it and I grew up listening to the stories and stories about the TNT region,â Brock said. The TNT area, for those unfamiliar with the stories, was the site of an abandoned munitions factory where the legendary cryptid was reportedly sighted on several occasions. âIt really fascinated me,â he said. âAnd then I got interested in Bigfoot, and I thought I had the skills you would need to go out and find Bigfoot.
âI literally lived in the woods from the age of 11 until about 17 when I joined the military. Every day, all day, I was there. So I have good wood skills and I have a diploma in outdoor education, âsaid Brock.
âI know the woods, probably better than most. And when you combine all of that, I think you’ve got a pretty good Bigfoot hunter, âhe said with a laugh. During the years he has hunted the cryptid, Brock said he has had some really interesting experiences. He and five others had a sighting in Florida and captured thermal images.
Along with his search for cryptids, some of which are documented in Travel Channel’s “Monsters Underground” series, Brock said he also investigated the paranormal with the same fascination. His research on Bigfoot led the Travel Channel to contact him and offer him a TV series. Brock said he chose to be on this show because it gave him the opportunity to step up and take the lead, investigating a wide variety of creatures. It was through the show that he became good friends with local man Jeremy Bates, who was on the Brock team.
âThis show gave me the opportunity to really dive into the paranormal because it opened so many doors for me,â Brock said. He was able to travel across the country to speak at events (including a previous appearance at the local Lexington Scarefest convention) and make more contacts in the world of paranormal research. “I’ve been doing this for about 10 years now, and I go to tons of events every year.”
After the show aired, Brock met another individual, Cory Heinzen, with whom he also became a close friend. Heinzen helped facilitate Brock’s ghost hunting at several locations in Maine.
âI used to run a non-profit organization, where we took people with disabilities to hunt and fish. And Cory helped me get some of the same people on ghost hunting, âBrock said.
Brock said he and Heinzen had attended several conventions together, and at a convention in Rhode Island, they decided to stop by the Conjuring House, where the paranormal activity documented in the movie “The Conjuring” took place.
âWe were walking around and were in awe because this was one of the most iconic haunted places,â he said. Later, through contacts of mutual friends, Heinzen was given the opportunity to purchase the iconic house.
âSo Cory bought the house and then he needed someone to stay there for a while,â Brock said. And, of course, Brock himself was up to the challenge. The result was that Brock stayed in the Conjuring House for almost a year, mostly alone.
âI went through a lot of things that I had no doubt were paranormal,â he said. Some of those experiences, he said, were typical poltergeist-style activities with books flying off shelves and random movements of objects around the house.
Now, Brock is ready to bring the wealth of experience and research he has accumulated over the past two decades to the Paramount Arts Center. Brock and his team will lead a ghost hunt on Thursday, October 21, closed to the public.
âI want to start with a very small group so that I can identify potential hot spots for paranormal activity,â Brock said. “And those areas are what we’ll be focusing on when the guests are there on October 22.” Brock said Paramount has a fascinating history and he is eager to uncover paranormal evidence to add to this rich history.
The public ghost hunt will take place on Friday, October 22 at 8 p.m., but the doors will open at 7 p.m. and snacks and drinks will be available.
Tickets are available for purchase at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paramount-joe-ghost-hunt-2021-tickets-186819491127 or by calling (606) 465-8931. Some tickets may be available at the door, but space is limited and advance purchase is suggested. This event is a fundraiser to replace the Great Sign.